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OUR STORY

The genesis of Ōrākei Health started in the 1970’s from the desire of our Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei kuia (elderly women) and kaumātua (elderly men) to manaaki (look after) and tiaki (care for) our whānau (family).  It started during the times of Aunty Ruby, Aunty Puawai, Aunty Josie, Aunty Alice, Uncle Hapi, Aunty Anne and many others.

 

It started in a small prefab at the back of the Ōrākei Marae with social services.  Then in the 1990’s we opened Tumanako House, named after the kuia Tumanako (known as Aunty Hope)  and by virtue of its name, a place of hope.

"We needed to have a look at the needs of our people and how we can help... we were able to get Tumanako house for the purpose of setting up a Whare Ora (House of health) so we can get into the hauora of our people."

 

Puna (Danny) Tumahai

Thirty years later, we continue their legacy and commitment to health and wellbeing, extending into primary care and community development. Ōrākei Health offers services at an affordable low-cost service with qualified and experienced staff.

Ōrākei Health is evolving to rethink the patient experience that elevates whānau and their health and wellbeing underpinned by kaupapa Māori.  We want to be able to address different patient needs and focus on health education, personalisation, connection and support for any decisions.

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MEET OUR TEAM

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Sariah Witika

Practice Manager

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Dr Michael Courtenay

Lead General Practitioner

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Dr Jeffrey Garon

General Practitioner

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Dr Maree Park

General Practitioner

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RN Sarah Wright

Lead Practice Nurse

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RN Huifang Geng

Practice Nurse

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RN Irene Wieringa

Practice Nurse

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RN Maree Curle

Practice Nurse

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Megan Cook

Lead Reception & Administration

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Linda Stephenson

Receptionist

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Peyton Kaihe-Rakete

Receptionist

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Whetumarama Porter

Administrator

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Awhi Ora

Community Service Provider

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Meihana Douglas

Health Improvement Practitioner

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Gabrielle Johnson

Health Coach